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Too much Max

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – It’s been Guy Carbonneau’s mantra all season long. All the Habs’ coach wants to see is maximum effort. He got that and more from a pair Maxes in his dressing room.

For a couple of guys who have spent next to no time playing together this season, Maxim Lapierre and Max Pacioretty looked like two peas in a pod on Tuesday against the Penguins.

“Our line clicked tonight and we worked really hard all game long,” said Lapierre, who alongside Pacioretty flanked Sergei Kostitsyn. “Max has a lot of speed and we were strong on the forecheck. We know that’s the way we’re going to be successful. It certainly worked tonight.”

While Lapierre continues to enjoy a breakout season with now 10 goals on the year, Pacioretty has chipped in with six points in 14 games since being called up from Hamilton on New Year’s day.

Max and Max had a strong outing against Pittsburgh, with the newly-joined linemates each going plus-2 on the night in addition to hooking up on one of the prettiest goals of the season for the Canadiens.

Pacioretty delivered what can only be described as a textbook behind the back pass from beside the net to Lapierre, who made no mistake in redirecting the perfect feed past Marc-Andre Fleury.

“We used our speed out there and that’s the big thing we did as a line tonight,” said Pacioretty. “With all the guys we have injured right now, I’m glad to be able to contribute and help the team out. We put some good pressure on them deep in their zone and I know that's what the team is expecting from me: to work hard in the corners.”

Creating a highlight reel goal every now and then never hurts either.

Manny Almela is a writer for

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